On today's menu, Spring showers. The forecast is for heavy rain and high wind. It's also kind of cold. But the trees are beginning to bloom all over town, so nicer weather is sure to follow. Every spring, I'm reminded of a poem I learned in English class, "Nothing Gold Can Stay" by Robert Frost.
Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leafs a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
Yesterday, I went to the LYS just to browse around. You don't think I came home empty handed do you? I braved the chilly weather and took these photos to show you my haul.
Alpaca - yum! It's hard to see the detail of the scarf, even on the actual pattern, but it has pointed ends and is embellished throughout with beads. I'm not sure about the bead part, but the rest looks very pretty.
I'm thinking of getting some white bamboo yarn and modifiying this to a 3/4 sleeve for summer. It would be nice to wear out to dinner, especially since restaurants can be so cool.
Socks, socks, and more socks. To go with the gigantic stash of sock yarn that inhabits the closet upstairs. I'm sure it will appreciate the gift.
The stuff on the left is lace-weight alpaca. I'm thinking feather and fan scarf. They had one made up in the shop and it was lovely. On the right, more of the stuff I made my mom's Valentine's Day scarf from (scroll down a few entries to see it.) Another scarf, of course, for her birthday.
Last night, we went to a local tavern for Jim's unofficial "retirement" party. It was wonderful to see the outpouring of affection, support, and respect he received from long-time colleagues and friends. After being slapped in the face by the company he gave 29 years of his life to, it meant a lot to him to have been given the opportunity to say good-bye and thank you to this group of people. And the food was really good, too.
Have a wonderful early spring day, everyone. Natures gold will be making its appearance before you know it.